417 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA, United States
The lights dim, the crowd hushes. The curtain rises, and two men in tights, swashbucklers with sabres in their tilts, begin to mock the rival house in town, the Montagues. A fight ensues, and for two hours the most famous tale of love and woe unfolds before the audiences' eyes. We all know the star-crossed lovers' fates, yet we are enraptured again and again, routing for them, laughing with them, falling in love with them, and then finally, crying with them.
"Romeo and Juliet" is but one of the plays and performances you can catch at the Golden State Theatre, Monterey's premier performance hall. In operation since 1926, the grandeur of days gone by is in every inch of architecture. It was once the largest theater between San Francisco and Los Angeles. After many restorations, the Golden State Theatre maintains its reign as the go-to venue for acts like Blues Traveler, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, and Judy Collins.